Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 31st May 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Arts on Sunday, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat, You Me... Now!


Best Song Ever Written - Stand By Me
Lavinia Calvert from Auckland chooses 'Stand By Me' by Playing for Change. [more]

Your Place - Murchison
Murchison sits on State Highway 6, between Wesport and Nelson. Sitting at a confluence of several waterways, including the Buller River, it's a popular destination for the kayakers and rafters. [more]

Friends cling to life
After their boat capsized Joshua Johnson and Neihana Tawera spent four hours in the freezing cold water of Lake Taupo before they were rescued. The maximum survival time in water between 10 and 15 Celsius is considered to be two to four hours. [more]

Sydney during World War II
Following the atttack on Pearl Harbour three Japanese mini submarines moved by stealth into Sydney Harbour to launch an audacious attack on the US cruiser Chicago. That night Don Roberts was in charge of one of the searchlight crews that would scan the skies for any sign of attack. [more]

Feature Album - In Rainbows
'In Rainbows' by English rock band Radiohead from 2007. It was first released as a digital download for whatever price consumers wanted to pay. [more]

Southern Story for 31 May 2012 - Patriarch Grapes
Sage Forest is in the thick of wine-land - the Wairau Valley, at the last block of grapes to be harvested by Patriarch Wines, with vineyard manager Hudson Steele. [more]

Our Changing World - Kereru in Wellington
Monica Awasthy did her PhD on kereru in Wellington, to find out where they feed and breed. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 31 May 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Garry Moore and Joanne Black (Part 1)
Mortgage rates have plummeted to record lows as banks offer cash rebates and generous discounts on their advertised interest rates in response to pressure from home-buyers. [more]

The Panel with Garry Moore and Joanne Black (Part 2)
Could New Zealand's decade-long P epidemic finally be winding down? Some preliminary results from a new Health Ministry survey show the proportion of New Zealanders aged 16 to 64 who had used the drug in the previous year has halved. [more]

Arts on Sunday

The Arts Report - Art Activism
Sonia Sly meets Concerned Citizens - an arts collective of socially and politically-conscious young people who have started a volunteer-run, community gallery. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 31 May 2012
Simon Morris looks at the long-delayed third Men in Black movie, and two contrasting films from Scandinavia. From Sweden, a new thriller, Last Will, from the producers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and from Norway, the tragi-comedy Happy Happy. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 31 May 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 31 May 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 31 May 2012
Southern Cross hopes new deals with providers will curb rising costs. [more]

Evening Business for 31 May 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 31 May 2012
Rising premuims have forced many to opt out of their private health insurance. But the not-for-profit health insurer, Southern Cross, is trying to reverse that trend. [more]


Protestors greet Brownlee at recovery strategy launch
The Earthquake Recovery Minister's released what he says is a how-to strategy for the rebuild following the Canterbury earthquakes. Gerry Brownlee says the strategy for improving investment, innovation and job creation will extend beyond economic recovery and into education, culture and social recovery. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 31 May 2012
NZAIMS calls for boycott of Ministry of Education; Manawatu Gorge reopens for first time in nine months; Third day of grilling over class sizes for Education Minister; Milk price review met with scepticism by Fonterra rivals; and a Manhunt in Canada over body parts in the mail. [more]

NZAIMS calls for boycott of Ministry of Education
Intermediate Schools have fired a warning shot over class sizes with the call going out for a boycott of the Ministry of Education. And pressure's ratcheted up further on the Minister Hekia Parata whose post-budget breakfast meeting with Porirua business leaders was gate-crashed by a hundred protesters. [more]

Manawatu Gorge reopens for first time in nine months
After more than 280 days closed by massive landslides, the Manawatu Gorge road has been reopened, though only one lane. One-way traffic from Woodville to Ashhurst began rolling through the gorge at about four o'clock, for the first time since August. [more]

Manhunt in Canada over body parts in the mail
A nationwide manhunt is underway in Canada for 29-year-old, Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is suspected of sending packages containing severed human limbs to political parties. [more]

Parents of triplets plan to hold funeral in NZ
Tthe family of the creche-owner, who has been detained after the fatal mall fire that killed 19 people, has questioned the response time of rescue teams - and says the owner tried to save the children herself. [more]

Sports News for 31 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Opposition to Fonterra's TAF scheme
An opponent of Fonterra's controversial ownership scheme says his fears of huge rifts and divisions among farmers have been confirmed, by documents sent out about the plans. [more]

Survey suggests meth use has dropped by half
The once widely touted approaching P epidemic is fizzling out with new figures suggesting the number of people using the drug has halved. [more]

NZ Soldiers providing support for PNG election
The Foreign Affairs Minister says the soldiers being sent to Papua New Guinea are there to help people vote in next month's election not to get embroiled in any political violence. Three Iriquois helicopters and 40 people from the Air Force will be part of a contingent of about 250, with the remaining from the Australian military. [more]

Painters find 60-thousand in coins on roadside
Two Christchurch painters had a lucky find today, stumbling across about 60-thousand dollars in coins lying in bags on the side of the road. The police say it appears a pallet of coins fell off a freight truck coming from the BNZ in Invercargill and heading to the security firm, ACM Services. [more]

Papers filed to dismiss the US case against Kim Dotcom
Papers have been filed to dismiss what's described as the flawed case against Kim Dotcom. The Megaupload founder faces extradition to the US on charges of internet piracy and money laundering in what's been called the largest criminal copyright case in the world. [more]

Third day of grilling over class sizes for Education Minister
The Government's class sizes policy has spurred a third day of confrontation, both in the street and in Parliament, followed by the call for a mass boycott. [more]

Milk price review met with scepticism by Fonterra rivals
Fonterra's rivals are sceptical of findings that the dairy co-operative isn't over-paying farmers for milk. A review by the Commerce Commission released today says Fonterra is complying with the rules set out in proposed dairy legislation when it sets its milk price [more]

More veterans granted war pensions
The Government is putting up nearly $5 million to extend war pension coverage for an extra 11-hundred veterans. The Minister of Veteran Affairs, Nathan Guy, says the money will be spent over the next four years to those who served in 10 additional military deployments. [more]

Councillor says they must have the right to speak out
A Family Court Councillor says children will pay the price for the Government's decision to charge people court fees to settle their relationship disputes. [more]

Family Budgeting Service warns of low mortgage interest rates
Banks are rejecting criticism they're letting people 'go for broke' and borrow as much as they possibly can right now, while home loan rates are low. [more]

Sports News for 31 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Celebration as iwi broadband goes live in north
It's an historic day for three northern iwi - with the launch of the first Maori-owned broadband network in New Zealand. [more]

Tongariro Crossing safety rules tighten
Safety rules on the Tongariro Crossing are being tightened a month after a tourist operator dropped off a load of ill-equipped people in bad weather and they had to be rescued. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 31 May 2012
The parents of triplets killed in a fire in Doha say they don't blame anyone, and the Education Minister isn't budging on class sizes despite growing protests. [more]

Midday Sports News for 31 May 2012
Changes for the Highlanders team to face the Crusaders. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 31 May 2012
Firefighters in Doha tell of the devastating scene as they tried in vain to rescue children trapped in this week's shopping mall fire. The parents of the triplets killed in the fire speak of the tragedy and more heat on the Education Minister over class sizes, teachers gather to protest at a breakfast meeting attended by Hekia Parata. [more]

Thousands of teachers organise against class size changes
The secondary teachers union says the government is putting out inconsistent messages about its plan to increase class sizes. [more]

Pacific News for 31 May 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

NZ ex-pat says Doha mall fire could have been prevented
Harrowing tales are emerging of the deadly fire which killed New Zealand triplets in Doha two days ago. [more]

Calls for govt agency to oversee body recovery from mines
The lawyer for the families of the Pike River Mine disaster says a government agency should be given responsibility for body recovery so that families are no longer left on their own when it comes to retrieving their loved ones. [more]

Doha firefighters have harrowing tale of failed rescue bid
Firefighters in Doha have told of the devastating scene as they tried in vain to rescue children trapped in this week's shopping mall fire. [more]

Education Minister fails to front on class sizes
The Minister of Education is refusing to talk about controversial changes to class sizes and teacher job losses signalled in the budget that have unions, teachers and principals around the country up in arms. [more]

Teachers protest new class size ratios
Our reporter Teresa Cowie is with protesting teachers on the Mana Esplanade in Whitby, north of Wellington. [more]

Rugby World Cup posts smaller loss than expected
Last year's Rugby World Cup lost less money than was expected. [more]

Government denies raising hopes of Pike River families
The Government is denying it ever raised the expectations of Pike River families about the possibility of recovering the bodies of the 29 men killed in the mine. [more]

Parents of dead triplets remember their children
Martin and Jane Weekes, the parents of the triplets, Lillie, Jackson and Willsher, have spoken for the first time of the deaths of their children. [more]

Sports News for 31 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police still want sightings of Czech tourist
Police investigating the of a Czech tourist in Central Otago say the last sighting of her could help yield vital clues about what happened in the lead up to her death. [more]

Calls for tougher asset testing in aged care.
There are calls for the Government to make more elderly people pay for their own residential care, in order to fix chronic underfunding of the sector. [more]

Jane and Martin Weekes tell of their love for their children
The parents of the triplets who died in a shopping mall fire in Doha have spoken publicly about the love and joy the children brought to their lives. [more]

Expats says Doha fire was accident waiting to happen
Firefighters in Doha have told of the devastating scene as they tried in vain to rescue the children trapped in this week's shopping mall fire. [more]

Victim's sister says it's a relief the recovery debate is over
The sister of one of the 29 men killed in the Pike River explosions says her family is relieved all the talk about getting the men out is over. [more]

Scope of Auditor-General immigration inquiry widens
The Auditor-General is to widen an investigation into the Labour MP Shane Jones' decision on an immigration application to include the department's own processes. [more]

Assange to be extradited to Sweden for questioning
The British Supreme Court has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradicted to Sweden, where he'll face sex offence allegations. [more]

Former News of the World editor detained over phone hacking
The former editor of the News of the World has been arrested under suspicion of perjury, the latest development in the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed British media and politics. [more]

Sports News for 31 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Public hearings on Christchurch's draft annual plan begin today
The Christchurch City Council will this morning begin hearing from about two hundred locals keen to have their say on the draft annual plan for the quake-damaged city. [more]

Government to review Kaipara debt
Staying with rates and further north, the embattled mayor of the Kaipara District has welcomed an offer of help from the government to tackle its rates and debt crisis. [more]

Peter O'Neill voted in as PNG prime minister for third time
Peter O'Neill has been sworn in as Papua New Guinea's prime minister. [more]

Australia mine workers rebel against influx of NZ workers
Australian miners insist they have nothing against New Zealanders working across the Tasman despite union concerns about the influx of foreign workers. [more]

Advisory group warns about education quality
A government advisory group has warned that a large number of under-five-year olds - especially those in poor neighbourhoods - may not be receiving a good quality education. [more]


Magical Mind Science
With a flash of their wand, neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde explain how magicians' tricks are able to shed light on human consciousness, memory, attention and belief. [more]

Science: Physics
Physicist from the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, Dr Shaun Hendy strips it back to basics to explain how the universe works. [more]

Clue number 7. [more]

Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Pike River families told recovery operation too dangerous
Laurie Drew, father of Zen Drew, one of those killed in the Pike River mine. [more]

Transport lessons that New Zealand can learn from London
Daniel Moylan is the deputy chair of Transport for London, the statutory body that manages London's underground, bus and major road networks. Conservative councillor Daniel Moylan is in New Zealand to talk about smart transport and what's worked in London. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Paris
The Queen's Jubilee, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair's appearance at the Leveson inquiry. [more]

Feature Guest - Oliver Hartwich
Dr Oliver Hartwich is the executive director of the New Zealand Initiative, a new body created as a result of a merger of the Business Round Table and The New Zealand Institute. [more]

Book Review - The Boy Who Could See Demons
'The Boy Who Could See Demons' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke, published by Little, Brown (Piatkus). [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
How the iPad helped Greek debt restructuring; liquid metal batteries and a new app reinvents the phone call. [more]

Ruataniwha Water Storage Project
Andrew Newman, chief executive of Hawke's Bay Regional Council, is overseeing the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project; Sam Robinson, chairman of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project Leadership Team - he's also the chairman of AgResearch and is a Central Hawke's Bay hill country farmer; and Debbie Hewitt, chair of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project stakeholder group, which includes iwi, environmental groups and locals affected by water storage footprint. She's also a director of Horticulture NZ. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Judy McGregor going undercover, the latest circulation figures and how newspapers obscure the slide, and the decision to move Fairfax Australia's regional subbing to New Zealand. [more]

Our Changing World

Science Rapping
Rapper Tom McFadden is a science communication student who enjoys rapping about science as a way of sharing his passion [more]

At BRANZ a test building is being used to study the movement of moisture, air and temperature in walls [more]

Transit of Venus
Science historian William Tobin discusses the historic and ongoing scientific interest in Venusian transits [more]

Ulva Island's Second Rat Eradication
Norway rats have just been eradicated from Stewart Island's Ulva Island for the second time, to keep its rich birdlife safe [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 31 May 2012
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Education; if so, why? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to get the Crown accounts back into surplus? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did he say Budget 2011 built “a platform for faster growth, more jobs and higher incomes”; and if so, did his forecasts in Budget 2012 show faster growth, more jobs and higher incomes than his Budget 2011 projections? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: What steps is she taking to improve access to criminal history information for New Zealand employers? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “schools will therefore be given a guarantee that their staffing entitlement will not be reduced by more than two full-time teacher equivalents over the next three years”? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: What recent investments has the Government made in new police stations? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Did she ask for, or receive, a list of the schools that would lose or gain more than one teacher as a result of the new ratios, prior to taking the policy to Cabinet for approval; if not, why did she not ask for that list? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is our public health service making in achieving the Government’s health target of shorter waiting times for cancer treatment? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What progress has been made by the Government to implement the recommendations in the Law Commission report A New Support Scheme for Veterans: A Report on the Review of the War Pensions Act 1954, published on 1 June 2010? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress is the Government making on preparing New Zealanders for earthquakes? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding changes to the child tax credit that “if it’s interest on their savings or other means of payment they won’t pay any tax”? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Will New Zealand promote immediate negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention prohibiting their development, production, stockpiling and use?   [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 31 May 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 31 May 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 31 May 2012
Waikato-Tainui says it's not fair that Tami Iti has received the same jail sentence as a hunter who accidentally killed someone; A rugby club is defending its use of a Whanau Ora grant - which is facing political criticism; The Minister for Whanau Ora, Tariana Turia, says Winston Peters hasn't grasped what the new social welfare initiative is aiming to achieve; The Meatworkers Union in Hawke's Bay says ongoing trust between the union and the meat company AFFCO will be the cornerstone of a new site agreement at the Wairoa sheep and beef plant. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 May 2012
A rugby club is defending its use of a Whanau Ora grant - which is facing political criticism; The Minister for Whanau Ora, Tariana Turia, says Winston Peters hasn't grasped what the new social welfare initiative is aiming to achieve; Waikato-Tainui says it's not fair that Tami Iti has received the same jail sentence as a hunter who accidentally killed someone; The Meatworkers Union in Hawke's Bay says ongoing trust between the union and the meat company AFFCO will be the cornerstone of a new site agreement at the Wairoa sheep and beef plant. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 May 2012
The Chairman of Ngati Porou says the Gisborne Council has failed to honour its Treaty of Waitangi obligation, over plans for a flood protection scheme on the East Coast; South Taranaki iwi representatives opposed to a water privatisation bill appeared before a Select Committee in Wellington this morning; Northern iwi who launched a new broadband venture today have paid tribute to the Chinese company that's financed it; A new group has been formed to oversee the Bay of Plenty's Rangitaiki River and its catchments. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 May 2012
South Taranaki iwi representatives opposed to a water privatisation bill appeared before a Select Committee in Wellington this morning; The Chairman of Ngati Porou says the Gisborne Council has failed to honour its Treaty of Waitangi obligation with the iwi, over plans for a flood protection sheme on the East Coast; A new group has been formed to oversee the Bay of Plenty's Rangitaiki River and its catchments; Northern iwi who launched a new broadband venture today have paid tribute to the Chinese company that's financed it. [more]

The Reading

Poppy - part 2
Luke and Poppy get more romantically involved but her brother and his mate turn up to deal to Luke. He realises they can't go out anymore, and Poppy turns her charms elsewhere. [more]


Paul Rosoman
President of the Wellington Organists' Association on the New Zealand Organ Congress taking place in Wellington from 1-12 June. [more]

Elizabeth Crayford
National Co-Ordinator of The Big Sing choral festival reports on the regional competitions that are taking place. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 116: Leftovers
Wendy tells Alice she's moving to Korea. Gavin decides to help Sam with a girl he likes and Jarrod agrees to keep his liaisons with Lucille quiet. [more]

News stories:

Pike families abandon hope of recovering bodies
Families of the men who died at the Pike River mine in 2010 have abandoned all hope of recovering the bodies and accept the risk is too high. [more]

Minister announces contingency fund for schools
The Education Minister says there will be an annual contingency fund of between $10 million and $20 million to help schools as they move to the new teacher-pupil funding ratio. [more]

Govt steps in to help debt-laden Kaipara council
The Government will help the debt-ridden Kaipara District Council in Northland. [more]

Mayor changes tack on Mangawhai debt
Kaipara District Mayor Neil Tiller says he accepts that ratepayers at Mangawhai will never wear rate increases of 100% to repay a $50 million debt, and the council will think again. [more]

NZ market up on Wednesday
The NZX50 rose 3 points, or 0.1%, to close at 3491 on turnover of $81 million on Wednesday. [more]

Samoans make final touches ahead of independence day celebrations
The people of Samoa are making the final touches ahead of celebrations tomorrow to mark 50 years since independence from New Zealand. Visiting dignitaries will be welcomed this afternoon with... [more]

Man fined over war medals resigns from Otaki board
A former RSA president fined for wearing wearing war medals he never earned resigned from a local government position on Wednesday. [more]

Record profit for Mainfreight
Mainfreight made a record full year profit of $80.5 million on the back of strong domestic sales in Australasia in the year to the end of March. [more]

Sanford reports slight profit increase due to better sales
The fishing company Sanford has reported a slight increase in its profit due to better sales. Revenue rose 1% to 230 million. [more]

NZ infant formula company seeks foothold in China
A fledgling infant milk-powder company is setting up shop in China and has chosen to do so without help from Chinese partners. [more]

NZF Group posts $16.2 million loss
NZF Group has posted a loss of $16.2 million in the year to March, mainly due to the receivership of its failed finance arm. [more]

Loss after end to moratorium
Dorchester Pacific lost $1.6 million in the year to March due to a $1.4 million loss from revaluing the capital restructuring plan which allowed it to emerge from a moratorium. [more]

Loss lowered by Ecoya
Ecoya has narrowed its full year loss to $218,000. Revenue rose 58% to $22.6 million. [more]

Cushing lifts stake in Kirks
Sir Selwyn Cushing has lifted his stake in Wellington retailer Kirkcaldie & Stains to 18.5%. [more]

Lower losses reported by boat maker
Sealegs Corporation has reduced its losses to $1.9 million in the year to March, a decrease of 47%. Sales rose 38% to $13.8 million due to selling more boats. [more]

Slowing exports take toll in South Korea
South Korea's current account surplus almost halved in April after exports of computer and phone chips and oil products slowed. [more]

Job cuts tipped at smartphone maker
The maker of the Blackberry smartphone has warned it will make a loss in its latest quarter and make significant job cuts. [more]

100,000 US dollar bail retained for American Samoa man facing drug charges
American Samoa District Court Judge John Ward has retained bail at 100,000 US dollars for Folasa Galea'i who is facing drugs charges. The 19 year-old is charged with two counts... [more]

Waikato-Tainui says Iti sentence 'over the top'
Waikato-Tainui says it's not fair that Tami Iti received the same jail sentence as a hunter who accidentally killed someone. [more]

Claim Peters fails to understand Whanau Ora concept
Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has not grasped what the new social welfare initiative is aiming to achieve. [more]

Trust cornerstone of new agreement for Wairoa plant - union
The Meat Workers Union in Hawke's Bay says ongoing trust between the union and AFFCO will be the cornerstone of a new site agreement at the Wairoa sheep and beef plant. [more]

Boost in rural productivity expected
The Ministry of Science and Innovation says the primary sector is expected to increase its use robotic machinery in the next few years to boost productivity as automation becomes more important. [more]

Ministry confirms tainted kiwifruit destroyed
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that no antibiotic-contaminated kiwifruit has ended up in the market place. [more]

Agreement reached on discharge into river
AFFCO and Hawke's Bay Regional Council have reached an agreement over the discharge of waste from the company's sheep and beef plant in Wairoa, into the Wairoa river. [more]

Most AFFCO plants back in full swing
AFFCO says most of its plants are back in full swing following the settlement of an employment dispute with the Meat Workers Union. [more]

Frenchwoman upsets Serena Williams
The unseeded home player Virginie Razzano has pulled off a major upset at the French Open, eliminating the American tennis great Serena Williams in the opening round in Paris. Razzano... [more]

Erakovic upset at first round loss
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic admits she's a little shocked after her first round exit at the French Open in Paris. Erakovic, the world number 42, served... [more]

Rangers have a small court victory
Financially stricken Scottish giants Rangers have won their court battle against a transfer embargo imposed by the Scottish Football Association. The SFA's disciplinary panel last month imposed a 12-month ban... [more]

Italian football friendly called off
Italy's football friendly against Luxembourg in Parma has been cancelled after the earthquake which struck the region near the northern city earlier in the day. At least 10 people... [more]

Russian takes over at Reading
The Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich has completed his takeover of newly promoted English Premier League football side Reading. Zingarevich agreed to buy a 51 percent controlling stake in the Royals... [more]

Rugby World Cup loss less than expected
Rugby World Cup organisers have posted a tournament loss $8 million less than forecast. Rugby New Zealand 2011 has announced a loss of $31.3 million for last year's tournament. RNZ... [more]

No change to Hurricanes for Waratahs game
The Hurricanes will field an unchanged line-up for Saturday night's away game with the New South Wales Waratahs. Head coach Mark Hammett's kept the faith with the team that won... [more]

NRL converts clash for Wallaby wing spot
The Auckland-born Wallabies candidate Cooper Vuna and another NRL convert, Joe Tomane, will face off in Super Rugby action on Friday night in what shapes as a duel for a... [more]

Man U veteran signs contract extension
Manchester United has confirmed the club's veteran midfielder Paul Scholes has signed a one-year contract extension. United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed earlier this month that Scholes was set to... [more]

Corazza wins NZ's second gold at FINA Oceania Champs
The Counties Manukau swimmer Carsten Corazza has scored New Zealand's second gold medal at the FINA Oceania Championships in New Caledonia. The 21-year-old won the men's 400 metre individual medley... [more]

Lions prop cleared of biting
The Lions prop CJ van der Linde has been cleared of a biting allegation after being cited for an incident involving Western Force lock Toby Lynn in last weekend's Super... [more]

Harris in line to wear Wallabies No.10 jersey
The New Zealand born five eighth Mike Harris is in line to wear the Wallabies No.10 jersey in Tuesday's rugby international against Scotland in Newcastle. Harris lined up at first... [more]

Andy Schleck presented with 2010 Tour de France jersey
The Luxembourg rider Andy Schleck has been presented with the 2010 Tour de France winner's yellow jersey, almost four months after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title following... [more]

Nelsen may head back to MLS
The All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen could be about to move back to the United States to play his club football. Reports in Britain say Nelsen is not being considered... [more]

Some hope for Beale
Kurtley Beale may yet play test rugby next month, but uncertainty clouds the return to action of his injured Wallabies captain James Horwill. Lock Horwill will seek advice from Australian... [more]

Tourist sexually assaulted before killed, police say
A Czech tourist appears to have been sexually assaulted before she was killed on a forestry block in South Canterbury, police say. [more]

Improved profitability expected by Sanford
Sanford expects its profitability to keep improving in the second half of the year, following a testing six-months in which a rising currency squeezed margins. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: home mortgage rates tumble; childhood friends spent four hours in Lake Taupo without lifejackets refusing to believe they would die; Govt observer seen as calming influence on Christchurch City Council. [more]

Stamp seller's loss deepens
Mowbray Collectables has widened its full year loss to $184,000 due to further writedowns of one of its Australian businesses. Trading revenue fell 6% to $2.7 million. [more]

Lower sales of big burger expected this time
KFC says it would be happy if it sold half the number of Double Down burgers it did when the product was launched in New Zealand last year. [more]

Smaller loss than expected by Rugby World Cup
The 2011 Rugby World Cup lost less money than was expected. [more]

Judge inclined to dismiss CNMI Retirement Fund case
The judge handling the Northern Marianas Retirement Fund's bankruptcy petition has issued a tentative ruling, saying he is inclined to dismiss the case. Judge Robert Faris of the U.S. District... [more]

Venus out, Federer drops a set in round two in Paris
Venus Williams has joined her sister Serena in an early exit at the French tennis Open in Paris, losing to the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-3 in their second... [more]

Reid out, Smith retains captaincy
A groin injury has ruled the West Ham defender Winston Reid out of the All Whites squad for the Oceania Nations Cup starting this weekend in the Solomon Islands. Reid... [more]

Schwalger re-signs with Chiefs
The Chiefs' hooker and Samoan Rugby World Cup 2011 Captain Mahonri Schwalger has re-signed with the franchise. Schwalger is in arguably the best form of his career and has agreed... [more]

Glamour undercard for Cameron-Barrett bout revealed
Jaime Ridge will box on the undercard to the Shane Cameron and Monte Barrett fight on July the 5th, organisers revealing she'll take on one of the star attractions of... [more]

Peter O'Neill sworn in as PNG's prime minister
Peter O'Neill has been sworn in as Papua New Guinea's prime minister, ending a three-hour standoff with the acting governor-general, who had refused to conduct the ceremony. It was the... [more]

USP appoints new Pro-Chancellor
The University of the South Pacific Council meeting in Vanuatu has appointed Ikbal Jannif of Fiji as the new Pro-Chancellor and the chairman of the USP Council. Mr Jannif has... [more]

Warning many children not getting quality early education
A Government advisory group is warning that many early childhood services are at risk of poor performance and some persistently do badly. [more]

Offshore markets down
Stocks on Wall Street have fallen, as fears grow about the eurozone debt crisis. Markets in Europe were also down. [more]

NZ Judo rep for London Games
Auckland athlete Moira de Villiers has been selected to represent New Zealand in judo at the London Olympics. The 22-year-old had to fight her way back through injury to compete... [more]

Ryder's career on hold as he avoids a new contract
The international future of the troubled Black Cap Jesse Ryder is in limbo following an important player review meeting. Ryder will miss out on a contract with New Zealand Cricket... [more]

Prison changes queried by Labour
Labour is questioning a Government proposal to reduce the number of investigators in the Corrections Department who catch corrupt prison officers. [more]

CNMI March 2012 visitor arrival numbers up from same time last year
March 2012 visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands were up 19 percent compared to March 2011. According to data issued by the Marianas Visitors Authority yesterday, visitor arrivals to... [more]

Reef Shipping advises customers in Cook Islands to expect delays
Reef Shipping has advised its customers in the Cook Islands to expect delays from now through the end of July. It says it cannot introduce it's newer, faster ship Southern... [more]

CNMI's first national carrier to take off in July
The company launching Saipan Air, which is set to become the CNMI's first national carrier, says the islands can expect an additional 50,000 tourists annually, infusing about 100 million US... [more]

Sport: Samoa's Mahonri Schwalger re-signs with Chiefs
Chiefs' hooker Mahonri Schwalger has re-signed with the Super Rugby leaders until 2014. The 32 year old captained Samoa at last year's Rugby World Cup but was controversially left out... [more]

Samoan soldier dies in Afghanistan following attack
A Samoan soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend from wounds he sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. The U.S. Department of Defense says Army... [more]

Sport: All Whites expect tough challenge from Pacific countries
New Zealand football coach Ricki Herbert insists his team won't be taking their Pacific Island opponents lightly at the Oceania Nations Cup tournament, which kicks off on Friday. The defending... [more]

Retail therapy waning
Retail sales in Australia fell for the first time in 10 months in April, with the promise of a cut to the official cash rate doing little to encourage consumers to open their wallets. [more]

Rugby club justifies Whanau Ora grant
Rahui Rugby and Sports Club in Otaki is defending its use of a Whanau Ora grant which is facing political criticism. [more]

Swansea say Rodgers offered Liverpool manager's job
Swansea City say their coach Brendan Rodgers is poised to be appointed Liverpool manager after being offered the job by the Anfield club. In a statement on the club's... [more]

Spain ease past South Korea
The World Cup holders and European champions Spain have beaten South Korea 4-1 in a football friendly in Austria. Fernando Torres scored the early opener with a no-look glancing header,... [more]

Five changes to Highlanders team
There are five changes in the Highlanders lineup for their Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night. Prop Chris King returns to the front row, Josh... [more]

NZ company wins $100m Antarctic contract
A New Zealand company has won a $100 million contract to worith the work with Lockheed Martin to support the United States Antarctic Programme. [more]

Gas project on hold until economics improve
Solid Energy is putting commercial production of gas from coal at Huntly on hold until the economics of the scheme improve: the costs of production are too high in view of the current price of gas. [more]

Wanted man hands himself in
A convicted child offender wanted by the police for breach of supervision conditions has handed himself in. [more]

Cold case trial set for next year
A man accused of murdering a service station attendant more than 30 years ago in Turangi has been committed to trial in April next year. [more]

SFO prosecutes Herbert Insurance owner
The former owner of Herbert Insurance, a failed insurance brokerage, has appeared in court following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

European banking union mooted
The European Commission is calling on the 17 countries in the eurozone to create a banking union that could centrally bail out failing institutions. [more]

German man shot at Papua beach
A German man who was shot three times on a beach in the capital of Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday is in a stable condition in Jayapura General Hospital. Dr... [more]

NZ GG speaks of Samoa links
New Zealand's Governor General has spoken of the links between Samoa and Wellington that will shape the future relationship between the two countries. Lieutenant General Sir Gerry Mateparae is in... [more]

Students in limbo
Students taking American Studies papers at Canterbury University are yet to learn if they will be able to complete their course. [more]

Somare urges new PNG leaders to stop mocking parliament
A former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has called on the new prime minister, Peter O'Neill, to stop making PNG the laughing stock of the Pacific and... [more]

Teacher killed in Papua, German man shot
An elementary schoolteacher was shot and killed in Indonesia's Puncak Jaya Regency in Papua. Anton Arung Tambila died after being shot in the head while shopping at a kiosk at... [more]

Fourth candidate in race for American Samoa's US Congress seat
A fourth person has announced their candidacy for American Samoa's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kereti Matautia Jr. says he is running for the congressional seat under the... [more]

Rabaul Queen owner requested rule relaxation says former PNG minister
A former Papua New Guinea minister of transport, Don Polye, says the owner of a passenger ferry whose sinking off the Morobe coast is thought to have killed more than... [more]

Reef Shipping advises of delays to Cook Islands
Reef Shipping has advised its customers in the Cook Islands to expect delays from now through the end of July. It says it cannot introduce its newer, faster ship Southern... [more]

Cameron allowed to extend Wairarapa land holdings
New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office is allowing American film-maker James Cameron to extend his property in Wairarapa. [more]

Samoan families in New Zealand encouraged to speak language at home
The Samoan community in New Zealand is being encouraged to keep the language alive by speaking it in the home. New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Island affairs hosted an event... [more]

Cook youth helpline launched
Help is at hand for struggling Cook Islands youth, with a free telephone youth helpline being launched today. The helpline - 0800HELP - is run by Youthline New Zealand and... [more]

MFAT working to bring triplets home
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to arrange the return of the bodies of the three children who died in a blaze at a shopping mall in Qatar on Monday. [more]

NZ defence personnel to help with PNG elections
The New Zealand foreign minister says his expectation is that the election in Papua New Guinea will be calm. New Zealand and Australia will provide 250 defence personnel and equipment... [more]

New Caledonia deal on cost of living ready for signature
An agreement is expected to be signed in New Caledonia today aimed at curbing the cost of living. This follows nearly a year of consultations and involved the territory's Congress,... [more]

Nonu back for Blues clash with Chiefs
Midfielder Ma'a Nonu returns to the Blues starting XV for Saturday night's Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Albany but there's still no room for fellow All Black Piri... [more]

Tall Blacks Olympic hopes suffer another setback
The Olympic hopes of the New Zealand men's basketball team have suffered another blow with forward Tom Abercrombie pulling out of the squad, plagued by an on-going ankle injury. Abercrombie... [more]

Building industry in relatively good shape despite blip
Economists say the construction industry is in relatively good shape, despite a drop in building consents in April. [more]

Christmas Day crash trio to defend charges
Three people accused of manslaughter after a fatal car crash on Christmas Day in Tauranga will defend the charges. Their trial is scheduled to start in March next year. [more]

Fire prompts warning to check tradesmen's credentials
An industry advisory group is urging homeowners to check the credentials of tradesmen after a gasfitting caused a house fire in Auckland. [more]

NZ to provide logistical support during PNG election
The New Zealand Government says Defence Force personnel being sent to Papua New Guinea to assist with the election will be there to provide logistical support. [more]

Aged care group wants Govt to lower subsidy threshold
The Aged Care Association wants the Government to lower the threshold at which rest-home residents are eligible for subsidies, freeing the money to boost low wages in the sector. [more]

Earthquake in mid-Canterbury
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was felt in mid-Canterbury at 10.27am on Thursday. [more]

Smith signs one year deal with Phoenix
Having signed four short term contracts in his brief time at the Wellington Phoenix, signing a one year deal for next season's A-League football competition has finally given Alex Smith... [more]

Sir Graham Henry confident of taking Argentina to new level
The World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry is confident he can help Argentina take their play to another level, as they prepare to join New Zealand, Australia and... [more]

LA Kings win opening Stanley Cup final
The Los Angeles Kings have won the opening game of the NHL ice hockey Stanley Cup final, beating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in extra time. Game two in the... [more]

Japan to give Marshalls ships worth US$16m
Japan and the Marshall Islands have agreed to a 16 million US dollar plan for funding two new cargo and passenger vessels for the Marshalls. It is the highest-dollar value... [more]

Claim council hasn't met flood scheme Treaty obligations
The chairman of Ngati Porou says the Gisborne Council has failed to honour its Treaty of Waitangi obligation with the iwi, over plans for a flood protection scheme on the East Coast. [more]

South Taranaki iwi oppose water bill before committee
South Taranaki iwi representatives opposed to a water privatisation bill appeared before a select committee in Wellington on Thursday. [more]

Bay of Plenty group formed to oversee protection of river
A new group has been formed to oversee the Bay of Plenty's Rangitaiki River and its catchments. [more]

American Samoa hospital chief says health insurance not the solution in the territory
The chief executive of American Samoa's LBJ Hospital, Mike Gerstenberger, says a health insurance plan for the territory faces some very difficult obstacles due to the territory's poor health report... [more]

Crewman killed on purse seiner off Marshall Islands
A crew member has died on an American Samoa based purse seiner, the Ocean Challenger, after being overcome by ammonia fumes. The purse seiner was 1 day out from the... [more]

CNMI pension fund bankruptcy move may be dismissed
The bankruptcy petition by the Northern Marianas Retirement Fund may be dismissed on the grounds that the Fund is a governmental unit and not eligible for relief. The judge handling... [more]

Language seen as key to staying in touch with Samoan culture
Samoa's High Commissioner to New Zealand, Leasi Papali'i Tommy Scanlan, says speaking the native language is the key to helping younger generations appreciate the history and culture of Samoa. Leasi... [more]

Samoa ready for huge event to mark 50 years independence
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says he will be very proud as the flag is raised on Friday to mark 50 years of independence. He says at the time... [more]

Woman now facing kidnap charge
A charge against a woman accused of taking a baby from an Auckland hospital has been upgraded. [more]

Judge says businessman's actions highly suspicious
A High Court judge says the actions of a millionaire Chinese businessman who has been acquitted of immigration fraud in New Zealand are still highly suspicious. [more]

Price agreements sought by Southern Cross
Southern Cross hopes to enter price agreements with at least half of its healthcare providers in order to manage rising costs. [more]

Schools call for campaign against ministry
Intermediate Schools fired a warning to the Government on Thursday, calling for a co-ordinated campaign by all education sector groups against plans to cut teachers and increase class sizes. [more]

Manawatu Gorge lane reopens after nine months
One lane of the Manawatu Gorge has reopened on Thursday, after massive landslides shut the vital road link in August last year. [more]

Survey suggests drop in methamphetamine use
Police say a yet-to-be released Ministry of Health survey suggests the number of people using methamphetamine has more than halved. [more]

More eligible to receive war pensions
The New Zealand Government is committing nearly $5 million to extend war pension coverage. [more]

Dotcom lawyer requests 'flawed' case to be dismissed
A lawyer for Kim Dotcom has filed papers with a United States court to dismiss what he calls the "flawed" case against his client. [more]

Painters find $60,000 in coins on roadside
Two Christchurch painters had a lucky find on Thursday, stumbling across about $60,000 in coins lying in bags on the side of the road. [more]

Councillors faulted for not taking collective responsibility
The first report from the Crown observer appointed to oversee Christchurch City Council says it has an obvious lack of understanding of the need to take collective responsibility for its decisions. [more]

Police investigating sudden death at rest home
Police in Hamilton are investigating the sudden death of an elderly rest home resident. [more]

Call for banks to do better job advising on mortgages
The Federation of Family Budgeting Services says banks need to do a better job of warning people about the long-term dangers of getting mortgages. [more]

Minister admits 44% of Housing NZ calls unanswered
Housing Minister Phil Heatley admits 44% of calls to Housing New Zealand call centres go unanswered. Others are on hold for as long as 40 minutes. [more]

Closure dates set for jails
Closure dates have been confirmed for two prisons and a series of other jail units throughout New Zealand. [more]

Iwi celebrate new broadband link
Northern iwi who launched a new broadband venture on Thursday have paid tribute to the Chinese company that has financed it. [more]

Underground explosions cut power in Christchurch
Power has been restored to 30 properties in Christchurch after a shorting cable triggered a series of small underground explosions on Thursday. [more]

Brownlee releases how-to strategy for quake rebuild
The Earthquake Recovery Minister has released what he says is a how-to strategy for every sector involved in the rebuild following the Canterbury earthquakes. [more]